Best Overall First Aid Kit
REI Backpacker Extended
The REI Backpacker Extended won our Editors' Choice award
for being the best all-around kit. It's small enough to take out on a day trip, yet has enough tools to support a multi-day remote trip. It comes with high quality components, an innovative bag design that keeps the supplies well-organized, and we like the concept of the smaller removable day hiker module that allows you to grab a few essentials for a shorter excursion. Essentially you get two first aid kits in one package, making this the best model in this review.
Our Editors' Choice winner, the REI Backpacker Extended, comes loaded with useful and quality supplies, a removable day hike module, and a comprehensive wilderness medicine guide.
Best Bang for the Buck
Lifeline Trail Light Dayhiker
Our Best Buy award goes to the Lifeline Trail Light Dayhiker
. This lightweight kit can go with you everywhere. It has enough tools to deal with many common small problems with simple yet durable packaging. This kit costs a fraction of the other models in this review, and there's really no excuse not to carry it on your next day hike or bike ride.
The Lifeline Trail Light Dayhiker is an inexpensive kit that's great for day hikes or bike rides.
Top Pick for Day Hiking and Lightweight Adventures
Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight/Watertight .5
By far, our reviewers' favorite and most often carried kit was the Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight/Watertight .5
. This kit is so light you can take it anywhere. We gave it our Top Pick award because of its useful components and lightweight packaging; it's small enough to fit in a day pack and light enough to carry on multi-pitch rock climbs or trail runs. The contents are basic and ideal for 1-2 people for day hikes or short overnight trips. The big advantage of this model is its simplicity — there is essentially zero additional ounces in the packaging, which is made of lightweight silicone-impregnated nylon with one small watertight zipper. This outer case sheds moisture in a light drizzle and keeps the inner case protected and free from tears.
The AMK Ultralight/Watertight .5's lightweight packaging keeps all your supplies dry in it's double bag system and it's a great choice for when shaving every ounce from your pack counts.